Strive for 5!

We are about 8 weeks into the school year now and while students are getting settled into their routine, sports have been starting to take over in their mindset. As we know there are ups and downs in how busy students are. Sometimes it feels like some of them are constantly going with no breaks at all during the year and then some you simply just ride the wave as their practice routines have highs and lows. I thought it was time for a little practice motivation boost, so this week I gave the challenge for students to strive for […]

Top 3 Reasons to Join MTNA

I think sometimes it’s easy to forget when there is so much support online nowadays with social media that being a member of a professional group still has many benefits. I have been a member of MTNA since 2000 (easy date to remember) and wanted to share my top 3 reasons why I recommend joining or renewing your membership.   Local Support When I joined MTNA, I lived in a smaller city, Tooele, Utah. At the time, I had no idea how many other piano teachers were in my city and I had no idea of the friends I would end […]

Follow Aria’s Musical Adventures on Instagram

The results are in and it looks like Aria will be keeping her name! She has her new superhero mask and she is ready to go! Thank you to those who submitted an idea. I decided to send a “SUPERize” to all of you who did. So check your email and I hope you enjoy! I will be sharing Aria’s musical adventures throughout the year on Instagram so feel free to follow along by following MusicEducatorResources on Instagram. You can also follow the hashtag #ariasmusicaladventures as well. I just finished all my fall kickoff sessions this week so I will […]

Music Educator Community

Whether you teach privately or in the classroom, join me in the Music Educator Community Facebook group! This group is a closed support for music teachers who have used (or interested in using) digital resources from Music Educator Resources and/or have registered for any of the online courses. This is a community of like-minded teachers where we share ideas, ask questions, give or receive advice, feedback and more! In addition, I will keep you in the loop of new resources when they come available as well as updates so you always have the latest version, sales, and special discounts. See […]

Release Party Giveaway Winners PLUS Another Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the release party in some way. If you enrolled in the new course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success, be sure to join us in the music lab Facebook group. I would love to see you there! Congratulations to our 3 winners of the giveaway! I sent you an email so if you don’t see it in your inbox, check your spam folder. I hope you enjoy your new resources. It’s hard to believe, we are closing in on the end of the month which means the July newsletter is just around […]

Guest Review: Music Lab- Setting Up For Success! Solving a Problem

Anna Fagan shares her experience with music lab and how it all began for her in this review below. I love her story and maybe yours is similar? Whether or not you have been running a music lab for years or just getting started, music lab was born to solve a problem. To help our students learn. In 1991, I had been out of college for 10 years, teaching part-time (about 10-12 students per week), and I was sick of spending lesson time to check written Music Theory work that had probably been completed in the back seat of a […]

Guest Review: Music Lab- Setting Up For Success! A Course Overview

I am happy to announce that the brand new course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success has been released! If you have a music lab that you are wanting to improve or interested in beginning a music lab or doing any kind of lesson rotation, this course is for you. Lizbeth Atkinson shares her unbiased review below. If you have any questions for either of us, feel free to leave it in the comments.   The “Music Lab, Setting Up for Success!” course is one you will want to purchase now if you are interested in starting a lab or […]

Camp Lesson Plan Made Easy

I kicked off my summer camp workshops last week! I wanted to share how easy it is to create a lesson plan for a summer camp using the resources you might already own. For this post, I will be giving an example of an easy composer camp that can be created by Composer Time Capsules and the Composer Who Am I bundle and because my email subscriber freebie for May, June and July are Composer card sets, let’s throw those in as well as an “if time” activity. (If you missed subscribing to my email list before May 1st, no […]

End of the Year Reflection and Celebration

It’s the end of the school year! A perfect time for students to reflect back on the year. What were some of their favorite memories? What did they learn? What would they like to improve on? What are they looking forward to on summer break? Enjoy this freebie. It includes an editable version if you would like to change some of the questions. This year is recital week in my studio. I am going to have students fill out some compliment cards while they listen to each other play at rehearsals. I thought it would be a nice little boost before […]

Burnout Is Real

I don’t know about anyone else, but this is my most stressful time of year. It’s also the time of year that I tend to burn out and when I notice my students burning out. This is the time for re-registration, summer camp registrations, summer scheduling, following up with the waiting list, figuring out who I can add to the schedule, planning the spring recital, getting students ready for spring recital, prep the summer camps, not to mention my other creative and educational projects. Oh, the list can go on and on… I know you can relate how crazy it […]